The opening 24 minutes from an hour-long episode of "The Kate Smith Evening Hour". I don't know if the rest of the episode still exists. This series mainly seems to exist in fragments. Segments include: Kate Smith singing a song, the DeMarco Sisters singing two songs (actually, lip-synced), Kate Smith and the DeMarco sisters doing a song together, Myron Cohen doing his comedy routine, plus two commercials for Bab-O. Not registered with the U.S. copyright office...
April 18, 2015 Subject:
Perils of live TV
So somebody had this great staging idea. We'll pile the 5 DeMarco sisters in a hay wagon, they'll start out at a distance from the TV studio, they'll approach the camera in the night and slowly reveal themselves out of the darkness. And they'll be singing a song the whole time. What could go wrong? Since it was live TV, apparently anything. In this case, the glistening street reveals the problem -- it's raining! So now the 5 sisters are getting soaked in the nighttime street on top of a soggy hay wagon. Dancers are hopping around the wagon and trying not to slip on the slick street. And the lighting people are attempting to light the shot while not getting electrocuted in front of millions of home viewers. The only thing in their favor was that the sisters were lip-syncing. Or they would have been trying to sing above the wind and the pouring rain. It's funny when song ends but the live shot continues and they barrel into a sheltered loading dock and proceed to sing live. And they're all wet. Finally, they have to immediately appear on a riser behind Kate Smith and provide back up for a third song. She announces them, turns to look behind her, and cracks up at 5 dripping wet sisters with smeared makeup, damp hair and soggy costumes. Live TV at its live-est. And a glimpse at the lost breed of what they called show-biz troupers, who always believed the show must go on no matter what.